tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC December 21, 2015 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
have a great night. attack on american troops overseas. the suicide motorcycle. six soldiers killed. the war of words tonight. donald trump demanding an apology from hillary clinton, after what she said at the debate. the clinton camp with a fiery response tonight. trapped at the top for hours. the families, parents and their children, stuck inside the sky tower at sea world. and, the epic blunder. >> i have to apologize. >> crowning the wrong miss universe, then taking the crown away.
tonight. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. and we begin with the horror that played out on the vegas strip. tonight, a young mother, now charged with murder, after driving into the crowd. with her little girl in the backseat. authorities say the driver repeatedly rammed her car into tourists outside several popular hotels, both hands on the wheel. witnesses describing her as stoic. amid the chaos, victims taken away on gurneys. fire trucks rushing to the scene. tonight, investigators believe this was all intentional, and abc's kayna whitworth is in las vegas for us tonight. >> reporter: terror on the streets of sin city as this silver oldsmobile runs rampant over crowded sidewalks. >> at least 20 people were ran over. >> reporter: police say 24-year-old lakeisha holloway, with her 3-year-old daughter in the back, intentionally slammed her car into dozens of bystanders.
killing jessica valenzuela, a mother of three. window trying to get apparently the child out of the back seat, but she accelerated again and just kept mowing everyone down. >> it looked like she wasn't even trying to stop the car. she had both of her hands on the wheel, and looking straight forward, and there were men stop the vehicle and they couldn't get to her. >> we're going to need somebody to shut down traffic. >> reporter: police say she was accelerating when she came up onto the sidewalk here. now, this is one of the busiest intersections on the strip, look how close it is to where people gather to watch the famed bellagio water shows, and police say she did it on purpose. >> as far as terrorism, we don't know what the intent was behind it and we don't know enough of her background to make that determination. >> reporter: little is known about holloway's background. police believe she was previously living in oregon. and drove to the las vegas area where she had been living in her vehicle for days. police say there was no sign of alcohol, but they do believe she was under the influence of a stimulant at the time of the
it all finally came to an end here at a casino a few blocks away, from police say she drove up to the valet operator and told him to call 911, that she had just hit people on las vegas boulevard. she's now facing charges of murder with a deadly weapon and more charges are pending. david? >> kayna, thank you. we turn now to the horrific scene that played out overseas. the deadliest attack on u.s. troops since 2012. six u.s. service members kill bid a suicide bomber on a motorcycle, not far from bag ram air base. tonight, the taliban claiming responsibility. and here's abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran. >> reporter: the attack happened this afternoon, not far from the huge bagram air base. the largest american military facility in afghanistan. a suicide bomber on a motorcycle plowed into a group of u.s. troops meeting with local afghan officials. six american soldiers, killed. two other americans, and an afghan interpreter, wounded. the taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on
it was the deadliest day in combat for u.s. forces in afghanistan since august 2012. across afghanistan, the taliban are on the march again, and making gauns in areas once secured by nato and american forces. last week, defense secretary carter, visiting troops in afghanistan, admitted things are not going well. >> the taliban's advances in some parts of the country, even if only temporary, underscore that this is a tough fight, and it's far from over. >> reporter: there are 9,800 american troops in afghanistan right now. 5,500 by the end of next year. and president obama, who last christmas, declared an end to the american combat mission there, will leave this war to his successor. david? >> our chief foreign correspondent terry moran tonight. terry, thank you. now, to the race for 2016, and the showdown between hillary clinton and donald trump tonight, on the heels of the democratic debate in new hampshire, right here on abc. hillary clinton, calling trump,
claiming isis uses videos of trump to recruit more radical jihadists. trump calling that a lie, demanding an apology tonight. and now, the clinton campaign firing back with two words. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl on the campaign trail. >> reporter: hillary clinton's campaign is say, quote, hell no, she won't apologize for this shot she took at donald trump in the abc news democratic debate. >> he is becoming isis' best recruiter. they are going to people showing videos of donald trump insulting islam and muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists. >> reporter: after the debate, clinton's campaign could provide no direct evidence that happened. >> i will demand an apology from hillary. she should apologize. she lies about e-mails. she lies about whitewater. she lies about everything. >> reporter: trump himself has been repeatedly accused of distorting the truth. in fact today, fact-checking
"campaign mistatements," the 2015 lie of the year. they couldn't pick just one, but they cited several, including his claim that muslims in new jersey celebrated on 9/11. >> and thousands of people were cheering. >> reporter: and that president obama wants to take in 250,000 syrian refugees. when the white house has said 10,000. >> to take in 250,000 people, some of whom are going to have problems, big problems, is just insane. >> reporter: there's no denying trump's word strike a chord with voters. many agree with his proposal to temporarily ban muslims from entering the united states. >> what would you say to the millions of americans watching tonight who agree with him. are they wrong? >> mr. trump has a great capacity to use bluster and bigotry to inflame people and to make them think there are easy answers to very complex questions. >> reporter: at times during the debate, clinton sounded as if the general election is already
>> i'm curious, eight years later, should corporate america love hillary clinton? >> everybody should. >> reporter: and that night, "snl" introduced the hillary clinton of 2008 to the hillary clinton of today. >> you changed your hair. >> yes, yes, well, people said i should, so i did. >> reporter: as for her big allegation about trump and isis, tonight, the clinton campaign is pointing out that trump's words have aired repeatedly on arab television, adding, if we don't think isis is using that, quote, david? >> jonathan karl traveling with the trump campaign tonight. jon, thank you. on the republican side, one candidate is out of the race this evening. lindsey graham announcing he's dropping out. graham, who never polled above single digits, frustrated by the two-tier debates. saying tonight, this is not my time. that still leaves more than a dozen candidates in the republican race tonight. we turn now to the extreme weather, just as millions head
the west getting slammed tonight, 12 states under winter weather alerts. the images coming in now. an 18-wheeler blown off the road outside portland, orror. a massive tree uprooted in forest grove, oregon. drenching rains in california. a mudslide in big ben. abc's gio benitez with the dangerous driving in the west and the weather pattern coming to the east, as well. >> reporter: tonight, strong winter storms slamming the west. 55 55-mile-per-hour winds ripping this free from the its roots and snow blanketing these roads. all just in time for holiday travel. this, as more than 100 million people hit the road this week, the most ever. that's nearly 1 in every 3 americans. 38.1 million people are flying over the holidays. an estimated 2.2 million people expected to fly each day. atlanta, los angeles and chicago
but the overwhelming majority of travelers will be using their cars. the good news? the average price of gas is at a new low, $2 a gallon. that's less than a gallon of milk. gas down 32 cents from this time last year. and with those low prices, you'll see busy streets, david. so, it will help to know that christmas eve, christmas day and new year's day are the easiest travel days. the busiest? december 27th and january 3rd. david? >> a lot of people driving this year. gio, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano. those storms in the west tonight, and then the major warmth coming to the east. >> reporter: the storms in ss the west really doing damage. big jet stream energy pouring in. difficult driving there and tomorrow, also in the plains where severe weather expected across texas. tornadoes possible across the southeast on wednesday as this gulf warm air surging into the northeast. look at these numbers, 72, new york, 76 degrees in d.c. on christmas eve. feeling more like may than
>> won't be a white christmas on this side of the country. rob, thank you. now, to the dramatic images coming out of sea world in orlando. families were trapped in midair, hundreds of feet up there inside that sky tower for about three hours. their faces pushed up against the glass, waiting for rescuers to arrive. here tonight, abc's david kerley. >> reporter: there's sea world holiday vacation, stuck. >> i want to get out of this thing. >> reporter: the more than 40-year-old rotating, 400-foot sky tower elevator. >> the tower is stuck with apraxly 50 people and two employees. >> reporter: didn't move for about three hours, leaving this firefighters -- >> establishing sea world command. >> reporter: arrive for the children. >> i know you're getting tired. just chill out and rest. >> reporter: finally, a basket. >> they're bringing supplies up with them. >> reporter: carrying a technician, as well. once on top of the sky tower, the technician able to get the ride to move. >> the technician was able to
cause some people a little bit of panic as we jumped a little bit. >> reporter: but finally, the sky tower was lowered back to the ground. customer says they were told the emergency brake malfunctioned, it froze. sea world would not comment. of the 50 on board, none were injured. they are back on vacation tonight. david? >> david kerley with us. thank you, david. new developments tonight after that air scare for passengers on board a boeing 777. the air france jet bound for paris making an emergency landing in kenya over the weekend. passengers evacuated, emergency slides deployed after what looked like a bomb, complete with a timer was discovered in the bathroom. it was a fake. cardboard, paper and a clock. the passenger who alerted the crew, a retired police officer, was questioned, but has been released and that investigation does continue tonight. there are also new developments this evening in the international manhunt for that american teenager, ethan couch. given probation for killing four people in a drunk driving accident, now missing since skipping a check-in with his
and this evening, authorities now officially declaring his mother missing, as well. revealing they believe she's helped him. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: police say ethan couch is on the run tonight, possibly in this black ford truck that belongs to his mother, tonya. she's missing now, too. >> we're going to prosecute her as fully as we can, if she helps him at all. >> reporter: couch is wanted for violating his probation after driving drunk in 2013, causing a crash that killed four people. he got no jail time after arguing he had so-called right from wrong. >> those who dealt with him at the accident scene saw absolutely no remorse. >> reporter: earlier this month, this video surfaced on twitter. investigators say it appears to be couch as a party, possibly violating his probation. >> i think that was trigger that sent him running once that video surfaced. >> reporter: the fbi and u.s.
hunt for couch and his mother, putting ethan's face on this wanted poster. there's now a $5,000 reward. >> let him get a taste of real prison and real adult justice. >> reporter: and david, officials here say they are receiving hundreds of tips from around the country. they are also checking credit card, phone, even passport records, but so far, no solid leads, they say, towards finding couch of his mother. david? >> clayton sandell in texas tonight. clayton, thank you. now, to a bear attack. a boy scout leader in new jersey, dragged into a cave, mauled by a black bear, saved by three of his scouts. using the very skills he taught them. here's abc's linzie janis. leader christopher petronino taking his son and two other scouts deep in these woods to see an underground cave he explored in his youth. when suddenly -- >> a black bear pulled his foot and pulled him further into a cave. with the bear, he has been injured by the bear.
youngest just 12, calling 911. >> he is bleeding from his neck, his arm and his head. >> reporter: the scout leader's only weapon? a rock hammer. >> he believes he struck the bear several times in an attempt to stop the ongoing attack. after that, he pulled the sweatshirt over his head and tried to just, you know, remain still. >> reporter: the young scouts using snacks from their hike to try and lure the bear out. a barking dog finally scaring it off. authorities tracing their cell phone signal, finally locating the group an hour and 20 minutes later, medevacing that scout leader to safety. he's now recovering in the hospital. david, the police chief telling me, that scout leader asked those boys if they wanted to go inside the cave with him. they were scared and didn't go. a decision that made have saved their lives. david? >> linzie, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the epic blunder on live television, millions watchin it happened. crowning the wrong miss
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a sheepish steve harvey slunked back on stage. >> i have to apologize. miss universe 2015 is philippines. >> reporter: one of the most awkward moments ever on live tv. >> i will take responsibility for this. it was my mistake. still a great night. >> reporter: a great night for one of them. afterwards, harvey attempted to explain themselves. >> i said the winner miss universe 2015, instead of saying first runner up, i read the name on the card. >> reporter: and miss universe, contestants do. reason. world peace. crowning -- >> isn't it. >> reporter: david wright, abc news, new york. when we come back here tonight, the nfl star in trouble this evening. why he's just been benched for
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